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Instructional Leadership among Malaysian School Principals as Perceived by School Teachers: Implications For Management in Educational Institutions


Assoc. Prof. Zaidatol Lope Pihie and Assoc. Prof. Habibah Elias

Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

Principals as instructional leaders can make a difference on school effectiveness. Studies from a number of countries have shown that school principals contribute in improving the quality of schooling. However there is some evidence to question in what ways or whether the principals paly a pivotal role in creating and sustaining school effectiveness. The objective of this study was to investigate the perception of teachers on their principal's instructional leadership practice. Subjects were 88 graduate students attending a leadership course in Masters in Educational administration Programme. They came from different parts of Malaysia and have been working as secondary school teachers. Findings indicated that the area of responsibility for instructional leadership with high ranking include providing orderly atmosphere for learning (mean = 3.9), emphasising student achievement (mean=3.88) and articulating goals of school to staff (mean=3.87). The area of responsibility which indicate low ranking are: accepting responsibility for student behaviour outside school (mean=2.68) and articulating goals of school to public (mean=3.27). This paper suggest the implications of the study on the improvement of the current practice of management in Malaysian public and private schools as well as for higher learning institutions.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000